According to Brian Barrett’s article in Gizmodo, the Galaxy S 3 Mini “is a major letdown.” The intent of the Samsung GS3 Mini was to create a phone you could put in your pocket, a phone with a manageable size, a mini phone. This would make the phone easier to carry around.
However, the desire lately seems to be, “the bigger, the better” when it comes to smart phones. In my opinion, that’s the fundamental reason the GS3 Mini was described as a letdown. It is just too small. People constantly complain about the size of the keyboard on the smaller iPhone; making the GS3 Mini even smaller definitely does not help solve that issue.
Barrett argues the letdown factors based on concrete details. The display is not top quality, measuring 800×480. In contrast, the Samsung Galaxy S 3 has a near-retina display, making it a much better quality screen.
In terms of processors, the GS3 runs efficiently on a quad-core processor. Unfortunately, the GS3 Mini only runs on a 1GHz dual-processor. This makes it much slower, and it does not provide the speed and efficiency for which consumers look when purchasing a smartphone.
The camera poses another problem. Again, the GS3 has an 8MP rear camera, along with a very high quality front camera and video recorder. Unfortunately, the GS3 Mini, just a bit smaller, only has a 5MP rear-facing camera. This means the image quality of the photo suffers. In a day when many people are disposing of their digital cameras and replacing them with their smartphone cameras, taking a step back in quality seems like an odd choice for Samsung.
And, if that wasn’t enough, the GS3 has no 4G data available. Zero. Zilch. The iPhone 5, Samsung GS3, and many other Android-based devices and smartphones have 4G data. It is a shame that the GS3 Mini has absolutely no 4G data; again, another step back.
One thing the GS3 Mini has going for it is what Barrett calls the “Galaxy Lineage.” In other words, it comes from a long line of very intelligent and successful products. All of which have been able to “fight Apple on its own turn,” according to Barrett.
According to Aki Libo-on’s article, “Samsung Galaxy Mini is Less Than an Apple,” it was rumored that the “Galaxy Mini will compete against Apple’s iPhone 5.”
Unfortunately, this is nowhere near the case. The iPhone 5 camera has almost twice the amount of megapixels, and the resolution is astoundingly better on the iPhone 5. These two phones do not compare. Refer to my previous article to see how the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S3 compare.
The GS3 Mini has 1 GB of RAM and 16GB of flash memory. As with the GS3, the GS3 Mini comes with an expandable microSD card slot that allows for more memory space. Accprding to Libo-on, the GS3 Mini’s “toned down specifications could also mean that Samsung wants to dominate the low-end part of the smartphone market.”
An interesting speculation, to say the least. Whether that is true or not, Samsung has definitely found its GS3 Mini at the low-end part of the smartphone market. That doesn’t mean this phone is a total bust; it just mean there are far better smartphones out there for you to check out before you make your educated purchase.